The San Francisco 49ers made a rare appearance in The City on Wednesday when the team practiced at Kezar Stadium.
Unfortunately for attendees, the play on the field was sloppy and left some wondering how ready the offense will be on Sunday for the first preseason game of the NFL season. (Fortunately for the truly Faithful, the game is functionally meaningless.)
Before the practice, the Niners released their first unofficial depth chart late Tuesday. (Among the interesting revelations: Quinton Patton is listed as the No. 2 receiver with Bruce Ellington as the third option; first-round draft pick Arik Armstead is slotted as the starting left defensive tackle; and Shaun Draughn projects to be the backup running back.)
But before lineup-watchers could get too excited with the new information, head coach Chip Kelly undercut the release during his next media availability.
When asked how much thought and care he took putting the depth chart together, Kelly said it wasn’t him at all, “I think [49ers vice president of communications] Bob [Lange is] a very thoughtful and caring person. I think he did a great job.”
He then reiterated that his focus is working with his players and that he isn’t interested in making a depth chart until he has to.
So, the waiting game continues with minimal tangible information to work with, which is assumedly exactly what Kelly wants.
NFL preseason betting items
*All lines are courtesy sportsbook William Hill
Notable over/under win total offerings:
49ers — 5.5: Over (+110), Under (-130)
Raiders — 8.5: Over (-135), Under (+115)
Prop bets worth tracking
Most regular season passing yards:
Drew Brees (favorite) — 4/1
Derek Carr — 25/1
Field — 9/2
Most regular season rushing yards:
Adrian Peterson (favorite) — 9/2
Latavius Murray — 12/1
Field — 4/1
Most regular season receiving yards:
Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. (three favorites) — 5/1
Amari Cooper — 15/1
Field — 5/1